Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Roman Houses on the Caelian Hill

Under the Basilica of Saints Giovanni and Paolo (John and Paul) are several ancient Roman dwellings purported to be the residences and final resting places of John and Paul, two officers of the court of the Emperor Constantine who were martyred under the rule of the Emperor Julian (361-363 CE). The residential complex is decorated in wall paintings from the 3rd century to 12th century and depict many themes from mythology and early Christian iconography. The site is located not far from the Circus Maximus and the Colosseum and can be visited every day except Tuesday and Wednesday. Once a week the complex is open at night for special tours. Be sure to visit the website to book these tours in advance.

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